Mao Asada, at age 15 she was the best women’s figure skater in the world, at age 19?

Less than two months before the 2006 Olympics, Mao Asada of Japan became the first woman to land two triple-axel jumps in the same program.

And Asada wasn’t a two-trick pony then.

She was, at age 15, the best women’s figure skater in the world, winner of the 2006 Grand Prix Final, the one about whom everyone said: “Mao — Wow!”

But she had to watch the last Olympics on television.

Asada had the bad luck of having been born 87 days too late to meet the International Skating Union’s minimum age requirement – 15 years old by July 1 of the preceding year — for the Winter Olympics.

Read the rest of the story: At 19, Japan’s Mao Asada already skating on thin ice

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